Singing Lessons

The Key Points

The image shows Becki wearing a navy blue dress with thin pink, blue and white lines over it, in an asymmetric design. The dress has three quarter length sleeves, and a round high neck. Becki is wearing a green velvet turban with a sparkly brooch on the front. They have a vintage style barrel roll in their dark brown hair in front of the turban, and are wearing glasses. They are standing in front of a Casio piano keyboard, with one hand on it, and the other in mid-air, indicating a note as they are teaching. Their mouth is slightly open, and smiling.

  • I primarily teach queer people, aged 15 to 35, however have some availability for people outside of this. If you are interested in being taught by me, please contact me.
  • My main genre focuses are musical theatre and pop, however I also work with students who sing the following genres: classical crossover, jazz, blues, vintage, R’n’B and rock. My teaching style is more about you and your voice than your genre, so if you feel you will connect with me as a person, I’d love to hear from you. 
  • My lessons do not follow a blueprint, and are as individual as you are. When we start our lesson, that time is yours, for whatever you need. If in that moment, you need something other than to sing – if you need someone to vent to, a shoulder to cry on, or my opinion on something, I am honored to be that person for you. Please know that when you come to a singing lesson with me, I have no expectations of what you will get from that – only that I know you will get something from it. 
  • My current prices are £30 an hour for singing lessons. I offer weekly, fortnightly, or “book in as you go” lessons to suit you. I also have other pricing options available, including payment plans, and energy exchanges.

If after reading the above you’d like to get in touch, to book a lesson, please get in touch by emailing me: becki@beckishort.co.uk, or WhatsApp/text me on 07584 662 225. You can also find out more about me as a singing teacher and my lessons below. 

Teaching Style

I am a professional singing teacher, who has been teaching vocals since 2010 to students of all ages and abilities. From total beginners to singers who regularly perform, I have taught a huge variety of people.

Trained by Vocal Process and Anne Leatherland, I specialise in teaching musical theatre and popular music however my passion is helping a student learn how their voice works (and how to look after your voice when singing), which means I am able to teach most styles, and have previously taught singers who perform a wide range of genres – from rap to RnB to heavy metal, and more.

I am currently engaged in ongoing training for trans voices, both transfeminine and transmasculine.

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I understands that booking a singing lesson can be a big, and scary thing for a lot of people. I am an advocate of personal growth and self love, am a part of the queer community, and am an #Allin Ambassador. Your sexuality, gender identity, race, religion, disability or age have no impact on how I will see you, and I welcome anyone for singing lessons.

I believe that singing is hugely linked to our emotions, and to sing is a very personal, and often difficult thing to do. My lessons are tailored to each student, and are as different in structure from each other, as each of my students are unique.

As well as working with the student to help them achieve exactly what they want from their voice, I provide a safe space for all my students to talk about things other than music if they would like to. In my opinion and experience, allowing space to discuss things that are worrying the student, or for them to say something that is on their mind, always gives better results in the vocal things we do and how much they learn from that lesson, than if I were to be strict and structured in how a singing lesson looks.

I have found throughout my life that I am a person that other people feel able to open up to quite easily, and I am proud of the fact that I am not “just a singing teacher” but also someone that my students feel is a safe person to be able to talk to about things that they may otherwise not say to anyone else.

If you have any worries or concerns about booking a singing lesson, please be assured that I will welcome you, and my studio is a safe space for you to learn at your own pace, and in a way that you want to.

Qualifications

I have over 15 years of professional vocal training under my belt, and the following qualifications: The Vocal Process Singing Teachers Retreat, The Vocal Process Advanced Retreat (CPD accredited), Vocal Intuition Teachers’ Toolkit, Grade 5 and 6 Singing in Trinity, Grade 5 Acting in Trinity, up to Grade 5 in Modern Jazz Dance and Tap Dance, and up to Grade 7 in Ballet. I have a fully enhanced DBS, public liability insurance and first aid certificate, all of which are available for you to see on request.

Why take singing lessons?

Everyone chooses to learn to sing for different reasons. In my lessons the focus is on what you want to do. Whether you would like to perform on stage, or sing just for fun, private lessons can help: improve your vocal range, performance technique, repertoire and confidence.

I am able to put you through exams (with the Trinity board), enter you in competitions, and provide performance opportunities. I am also a Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award Adviser.

Lessons are available for all ages and abilities and are held at my home studio in Copnor, Portsmouth (Hampshire, UK), or online via Zoom, Skype, Facebook messenger video calls or WhatsApp video calls, so whether you would like your child to start singing, are an adult who has always wanted to sing yourself, or have been performing for years, get in touch.

Prices for Singing Lessons

Half an Hour: £18.00
One Hour: £30.00
Groups (up to 3 people): £40 per 1 hour

Most people I work with benefit from one hour lessons, however this is something we will discuss when you contact me. I am happy to offer weekly, fortnightly or “book in as you go” lessons to suit you. I also have a recording analysis service I offer.

Genres Taught

There are a wide range of genres that I can teach. If you are just starting to learn, I will take you on a discovery of your voice, and help you find what type of music you like best, and what suits your voice.

Some of the genres I teach in my singing lessons in Portsmouth are:
Aleisha - one of Becki's singing pupils - performing at The Mad Hatters Charity Tea Party 2014

  • Musical Theatre
  • Popular Music
  • Vintage
  • Disney
  • A cappella
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Soul
  • Rock

Singing Lesson Structure

Whilst all of my lessons are tailored to the student, I have a number of things that generally happen in a lesson.

Warm Ups: These are important so as to not damage your voice. We will do warm ups that are relevant for the songs/techniques we are currently working on.

Technique: This will range from breathing, posture, vocal range, performance and many others, depending on what it is you want from your singing lessons. For students who are already singing regularly, lessons often can become quite technique focused, allowing them to truly start to understand their own voice.

Songs: Song choices are dependent entirely on what you want to do. For some students I will choose songs for them to work on based on their vocal range, and preferences, and for others, they will bring song choices to me, and we will have a look at these. What I find works for most students is a mix of songs picked by themselves, and some picked by me.

If a student is working towards a performance / competition / show, I am happy to focus on these songs, even if the performance is not something I am involved with (For example: a school performance).

After the first few lessons, I like to let the student steer the lesson to a certain extent, letting them choose which songs they’d like to learn to sing, which techniques they want to learn, and whether they’d like to take exams.

I feels this helps develop the students singing voice a lot better than telling them what they are doing next, as if they are happy with what they are doing, they will remember more of what is said, & enjoy the lessons more!

Performance and Confidence

I encourage my students to perform as often as possible: at open mic nights, markets, care homes & charity events in the area.

I also offer my students the opportunity to enter local music competitions and festivals. You can find a list of some of these competitions and events here.

Singing Exams

If the student would like to enter exams, I am more than happy to do this. I tend to use the Trinity exam board, and will advise each student as to which level I feel they would be best suited to start at.

I am also a Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award Adviser, which is a scheme run by Trinity with the aim being to expand young people’s (ages 11 – 25) experiences and skills within the arts. Find out more on their website http://artsaward.org.uk/.


OmniArts GB

I am the owner, director and singing mentor for local performing arts group, OmniArts GB, which is a community led organisation, with the ethos “making the arts accessible for everyone”.

Find out more about this organisation here.

Photo at the top, from The Mad Hatters Charity Tea Party taken by James White Photography.